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 for tabu
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taboo \Ta*boo"\, a. [Written also tabu and tapu.]
     [Polynesian tabu, tapu, sacred, under restriction, a
     prohibition.]
     Set apart or sacred by religious custom among certain races
     of Polynesia, New Zealand, etc., and forbidden to certain
     persons or uses; hence, prohibited under severe penalties;
     interdicted; as, food, places, words, customs, etc., may be
     taboo.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taboo \Ta*boo"\, n.
     A total prohibition of intercourse with, use of, or approach
     to, a given person or thing under pain of death, -- an
     interdict of religious origin and authority, formerly common
     in the islands of Polynesia; interdiction. [Written also
     tabu.]
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taboo \Ta*boo"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tabooed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tabooing.]
     To put under taboo; to forbid, or to forbid the use of; to
     interdict approach to, or use of; as, to taboo the ground set
     apart as a sanctuary for criminals. [Written also tabu.]
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tabu \Ta*bu"\, n. & v.
     See Taboo.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tabu
      adj 1: forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific
             islands [syn: taboo, tabu]
      2: excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our
         house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject"
         [syn: forbidden, out(p), prohibited, proscribed,
         taboo, tabu, verboten]
      n 1: a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South
           Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of
           something because of its sacred nature [syn: taboo,
           tabu]
      2: an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or
         emotional aversion [syn: taboo, tabu]

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